Construction Management program celebrates student competition teams

Kennesaw State students bring home national honors from several competitions MARIETTA, Ga. (April…

Georgia (Apr 25, 2016)Kennesaw State students bring home national honors from several competitions

MARIETTA, Ga. (April 25, 2016)— It’s a stellar year for the student competition teams in the College of Architecture and Construction Management, who have ranked among the top in the nation for their talent and hard work.

The National Association of Home Builders, a trade association representing the residential and light commercial construction industry, named Kennesaw State University’s NAHB student organization as this year’s Outstanding Student Chapter. The award recognizes achievements in chapter activities, green program, diversity and activities with local builders associations. KSU’s chapter was chosen from more than 150 student chapters from around the country during the 2016 NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas earlier this year.

In addition, Kennesaw State student Wes Fishburne was one of 27 students named an NAHB Outstanding Student of the Year, and the chapter earned a top 10 finish in the Residential Construction Management Competition. 

“These competitions are important for the students because they simulate the type of competition and the conditions that prevail in the real world,” said Khalid Siddiqi, chair of the Construction Management department at Kennesaw State. “When students graduate, these budding professional construction managers hit the ground running, and they are not afraid to compete.”

Three other competition teams in Construction Management secured top honors for their teams’ strategies in national competitions. 

Last month, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America named Kennesaw State’s MCAA student chapter as one of its Final Four in the 2015 National Student Chapter Competition.  The KSU team’s proposal consisted of designing and building the mechanical systems for an eight-story campus housing project in California. The proposal included HVAC design, LEED Gold certification, system life cycle costs, schedule, estimating, project management and maintenance programs.

Kennesaw State was selected third in the nation for ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction’s Green Energy Challenge Poster Competition. ELECTRI International was established in 1989 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) as the voice of the electrical construction industry.

In addition, the Associated Builders and Contractors student competition team at KSU received third place nationally in the estimating category at ABC’s Construction Management Competition, a hallmark competition that promotes construction management.  The team, which prepared a proposal for the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in Colorado, was among 23 universities competing.

“Our student learning of construction management professional skills goes well beyond the classroom,” said Siddiqi.  “They have the skills to impress industry members who judge these competitions and they are not afraid to compete.”

The Construction Management program at Kennesaw State focuses on applying knowledge and using technology for solving real-world construction problems. Local construction projects, combined with strong industry support, provide vast laboratory opportunities and educational resources for Kennesaw State students.


- Tiffany Capuano; photos courtesy of MCAA and NAHB


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